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Dean is ready to kill these turkeys. They start doing a horrible reenactment of “Asylum” and Dean loses it. He starts taking this tomfoolery personally. “What’s wrong Bobby?” fake Dean asks, obviously very ignorant to the reality that’s eating Dean. “I’m not Bobby. You’re not Sam, you’re not Dean. What is wrong with you? Why in the Hell would you choose to be these guys?” Fake Sam isn’t getting it either, claiming they’re fans just like them. Oh no, just provoke Dean why don’t you? “No, I am not a fan. Okay (loses it a little), not fans. In fact I think the Dean and Sam story sucks. It is not fun, it’s not entertaining, it is a river of crap that would send most people howling to the nuthouse. So you listen to me, they’re pain is not for your amusement. I mean do you think they enjoy being treated like circus freaks?”

Fake Dean and Sam look at Dean like he’s nuts, and even real Sam is having issues with this. He just looks embarrassed. Fake Dean brings up what would be the obvious point if this wasn’t hitting a little too close to home. “Uh, I don’t think they care because they’re fictional characters.” You know, I like fake Dean. He’s demented but not delusional. “They care. Believe me, they care a lot.” Dean storms ahead and Sam is left with the other two disbelieving chuckleheads to cover. “He uh, he takes the story really seriously.” Oh, way to go Sam. At least you’re keeping perspective in this insane mess.

They get to the cemetery and Sam and Dean easily find the gravestones of Leticia Gore and the four boys. Fake Sam and Dean are on the opposite side looking for a pile of bones. Dean really wants to throw some reality in these guys faces. “Generally bones are in the ground.” Sam pulls out a shovel and fake Sam and Dean think they're nuts for digging up an actual grave. “Trust us, you want to win the game, right?” Fake Sam and Dean are extremely nervous about this but stay to watch anyway, for it’s like watching a train wreck. Eventually Dean gets to the casket and opens it. There are real bones in there and fake Sam and Dean try not to barf. They’re freaked. “You guys are nuts,” fake Dean says to Sam. “I thought you guys wanted to be real hunters.” Oh Sam, play nice guy and then go for the harsh reality! You crafty bastard you.

“Hunters aren’t real, this isn’t real,” fake Dean says. Oh yeah? Time for a bitchin’ reality check. The ghost of Leticia Gore comes out from nowhere and sends Sam flying. Fake Sam and Dean run for the hills. Pansies. The real Dean goes to salt and burn the body while Sam is unconscious on the ground. Fake Sam and Dean’s exit is cut off by Leticia, and just before she rips their hearts out of their chests she explodes in a fire ball thanks to Dean lighting up the bones. “Real enough for you?” Dean asks the two guys who have probably peed their pants by now. Yeah, I think this will make an impression.

Now fake Dean is having the same shot of whiskey at the bar the real Dean was having earlier. Fake Sam is having a beer, just like real Sam. He says, “That was really-“ “Awful, right? Exactly.” Real Dean just can’t help but rub it in. Dean’s decent enough though to pay for their drinks before saying goodbye. “Hey, how did you know to do all that?” Fake Dean wants to know. Sam has a good lie. “We uh, we read the books.” Dean nods in agreement. Judging by what Becky tells Sam later, they’re liars! Yep, only the real Winchesters lie that good.

All appears to be well, but since we're only halfway through the episode, we know that's not true. Sam and Dean go up to Chuck and Dean actually has some eloquent parting words. "Hey Chuck, good luck with the Supernatural books and screw you very much." Oh Dean always the sentimentalist. Chuck is not happy. “Fans of yours?” The bearded guy asks. “I’d say no,” Chuck quips. Oh Chuck, the trouble is they are your biggest fans. Life as a writer really is tough, isn’t it?

They go to leave and oops, the door won't open. Dean can’t get the window open either. Sam confirms every entrance is locked. “This is bad.” “You think so Sammy?” Oh no, we learned this from Ghostfacers. It's a supernatural lockdown. They apparently didn't get rid of the ghost. Oh boy, I didn't see that one coming (hint, sarcasm). The bad Latisha gore actress screams and the scalped head boy ghost is there. He’s asks why did they send his mommy away? “Maybe because of the high and tight she gave you? How about some thanks.” Then he turns to Sam, as if he needs to justify the comment. “I’m just saying, a little gratitude might be nice once in a while.” Hmm, me thinks that’s Kripke projecting again. The boy says his mommy didn’t do that to him. Sam asks who did, but since when is a ghost specific before disappearing?

Hookman walks down the hall. Kind of fitting he’s this week’s red shirt, huh? It’s Kripke’s less that subtle way of putting wrath on a harsh fan. Anyway, he hears something, sees the three young boy ghosts and scoffs. “Yeah, how original. Supernatural bringing in more creepy children. Sigh.” The ghosts say something about now that Ms. Gore is gone they can have all kinds of fun. Hookman thinks they don’t even look like real ghosts until they pull out their knives and scalp him to death. Ah well, he believes it now. Sam and Dean find Hookman with a chunk of his skull missing and realize they’re in trouble.

Chuck is in the ballroom signing off and thanks the audience all for their, probing, rigorous questions. Now who would be guilty of that? (looks side to side). Sam comes on stage and whispers something in his ear. “What, holy crap!” Chuck says. Sam calmly tells him to keep everyone in there safe. It’s a matter of life and death. “How do I do that?” “I don’t know, just do it.” Sam gives a quick smile to the crowd and leaves. “Good news, I’ve got much more to tell you I guess. Awesome.” Oh Chuck, you’re so good at pulling off the double meaning.

Dean brings all the staff members into the ballroom and tells them they’re going to want to see this. “It’s a hell of a show.” Then he and Sam salt the doorways. No, that’s not suspicious. Strangely, no one notices. Then Chuck improvises, rather poorly. What’s in store for Sam and Dean? “How do you feel about angels? Let me tell you, they’re not anywhere near as lame as you think.” There Chuck goes with that double entendre again.


# Jasminka 2009-11-24 02:04
Loved it, Alice! It’s like watching this episode all over again, with some fine, little comments… talking about fun… Thanks for the beautiful Impala line up... gosh I love that car… as Christmas is approaching: can I have one?
Your Con account is hilarious, and I’m there with you – the cut to Sam and Dean during that scene makes it worthwhile and wonderfully funny. But – do Americans really think Germans talk like that? I haven’t heard that kind of accent before, and I live among Germans (though I am of different origin), for my ears he sounded more French than German (he was annoying nonetheless).

Sam-tini?! Really? Oh dear… I’m feeling sick…

It’s great how they throw in the differences to the LARPing fans, as they are mostly geeks, insecure boys, I liked the girl’s line ‘you’re not afraid of women’, damn straight he isn’t. I’ve never really understood why some guys get afraid of a pretty woman, but I’d have to be a man to get that, I suppose. I missed that suave look on Dean’s face, he didn’t have much time to put it on lately… give me some more flirting Dean…

‘I like fake Dean. He’s demented but not delusional’, have I ever mentioned I love your use of wordplay and alliteration? Great job!

I agree with you – we should enjoy the light stuff before the ‘major downers’ kick in. I still hope for the occasional fun episode, come on who could stand twelve heavy chapters, I’m going to run out of Kleenex. I do hope to see Jensen and Jared in comedies; their timing is indeed impeccable, as their body language comes so organically. Rolling on the floor? Yep. Really liked this episode. Really liked fakeSam and fakeDean and that they became the true heroes of this episode while being sweet and simply good guys.

Hey, first days of the hiatus have already passed – this will be going fast… and January 21st will be here sooner than we think…

;-), Jas
# Bethany 2009-11-24 07:12
I feel i should point out that Barnes on TWOP is actually a woman pamela barnes i believe. Read Demians review of this episode his outrage is amusing!
# Dany 2009-11-24 07:26
Alice you just made my day!
Great recap (6 pages, yey!) as usually, I felt like I was seeing the episode all over again. And the comments you add are wonderful, you manage to get me laughing every time!

Great screencaps too, the boys faces during the all episode were really priceless, and the Impalas!
# Suze 2009-11-24 08:19
I'm pathetic, I was determined not to spoil myself but it's all gone to pot in spectacular fashion now ... :roll::

I'm looking on it as a taster for the real thing!
# Faellie 2009-11-24 08:43
Alice I like your recap. I liked the episode too. It had a happy ending, which is rare in Season 5 - even an ep like Changing Channels didn't have one.

I thought the Leticia Gore actress's comment on the 17 fake Deans was that they were all wearing "MacGyver" jackets, and that this was a nod to Jared's Young MacGyver pilot.

I hope Mr Winchester Family Business doesn't get as far as page 3 on this one!
# Randal 2009-11-24 11:13
I remember the episode being quite comical, but this really brought it back (an apocalypse is a powerful thing, no?)

At least they didn't use a first/last name combo. Geddy and Lee? Angus and Young? I bet Neil Peart and the estate of Bon Scott were quite pissed.

I absolutely loved Chuck's answers, so matter-of-fact. He really doesn't want this gig but given that Sam and Dean are living it, sympathy's a bit harder to come by and I can, er, sympathize. Of course, by the end, fake Dean sets him straight.

Hey, Jasminka, most of us guys don't look like Jensen or Jared, thus, dorky loser neuroses. 8-) And, yes, that was a stereotypical German as done by an American (you should check out the SNL Hanz and Franz sketches for even more), but yeah, I can see how that would come across as almost French.

I think the ultimate lesson of this episode is that, show runners, *always* hire an obsessed fan to nitpick continuity and offer helpful suggestions.
# Sablegreen 2009-11-24 14:37
Great recap Alice. Thanks for the line of impalas and Dean's smile at the end. Also all of Sam's bitch faces and the gun-shooting-th roat-slashing shot. Your right, they should do comedy.

I also noticed fake Dean was wearing the real amulet the first time I saw it. I was screaming at the TV, Dean GRAB IT! Kripke could have gotten a fake amulet too! I didn’t need to see someone else wearing it! :sad: Here I’ll say DAMN YOU KRIPKE!

In the end, when Sam and Dean were both alped....Sam called to Dean for help. That was something the s4 Sam would not have done, but the Sam of seasons past would. Again an indication that the brotherly bond is as strong as ever. I felt bad that Dean didn't jump up and help his brother, and when the next shot showed Dean, I thought he was going have a surge of adrenalin, dissipate his ghost, and get to his brother…but instead the fake duo came through. Which was cool to see also. But what else could you expect, after all…. THEY HAD THE REAL AMULET……OF COURSE they are going to be heroes… how could they NOT be! Kripke, give that back to Dean!!!! :evil:
# Bevie 2009-11-24 14:57
Fun recap Alice!

I too would like Dean to get his amulet back. But where have his ring and bracelet gone to? Did Cas take them too? LOL. Did Jensen just forget to put them on for the last couple of episodes? How will he open his beer?

I did enjoy this episode and kudos to fakeDean and fakeSam to being real heroes. Becky is annoying, but then she is supposed to be so I'm OK with that. Poor Chuck! How is he going to put food on his table now?
Perhaps the archangel will provide for him.
# sonia 2009-11-25 13:24
yes hilary love sam dean
# Jodie 2009-11-26 16:27
Alice I love your recaps!! They always find a way to make me laugh :D

Jensen and Jared's faces throughout this episode where hysterical and I'm so glad you put pics of them in here :D

Fake Dean and Sam really grew on me too throughout this episode. Especially at the end when fake Dean gave real Dean the little speech and then totally freaked Dean out by admitting that fake Sam was really his partner lol hahaa. Really great episode this one I think.
# Jasminka 2009-11-26 17:31
Hi Randal, I took a glimpse at the Hand and Franz clips (those I could look at, unfortunately some videos are not available to us not living in the US) you mentioned – hilarious, really, not exactly representative, though, as the imitate Schwarzenegger, right? Oh dear, the man comes from an Austrian region called the Steiermark, I believe, and the dialect there is (for my ears, sorry Arnold) on of the most annoying in Austria… Any Austrians out there, don’t kill me – I adore Vienna a lot! Lived there for a while, studied there for a while. Absolutely loved it...

Oooops, Jas